Monday, December 05


Daily News Stuff 5 December 2022

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  • So with Elon Musk spending all his time trolling people on Twitter, his other companies are floundering, with Tesla, uh, launching its promised electric semi and blowing away all the competition.  (EV Universe)

    There are other electric semis on the market, but the Tesla has the largest battery, the longest range, the fastest recharge time (not even close), and the highest efficiency.

    It takes 30 minutes to recharge to 70% capacity, and has a fully charged range of a little over 500 miles.

    The article analyses the test trip to dig up details like the effectiveness of the Tesla's regenerative braking and its unloaded weight.

    Tesla has around 1000 orders for the Semi already.

  • Meanwhile Starlink, which already operates more satellites than everyone else in the world put together has FCC approval to triple its deployments.  (Engadget / MSN)

    The company will be launching 7500 Gen 2 satellites.  These will enable broader adoption of direct-to-orbit mobile communications.

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1 Scrum - a tool that can't work in a top-down management environment where all the peons HAVE to do whatever the boss says....which changes from day to day.  Been there, done that. Until bosses changes their worldview, it's just another Management Flavor of the Day used to avoid finding where the problems stem from.

Posted by: Frank at Tuesday, December 06 2022 12:57 AM (rglbH)

2 Wow, I didn't expect the hate for SCRUM. It's a far better methodology than any other I've seen used, especially once you tailor it to your needs a bit. What are you guys proposing as a better option?

Posted by: David Eastman at Tuesday, December 06 2022 06:05 AM (D6Mju)

3 I propose shooting anyone who comes up with cute names for yet another meeting I have to attend.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tuesday, December 06 2022 07:02 AM (PiXy!)

4 I have to disagree with the comment that Scrum is an evil scam.  I've been an applications coder for 26 years now, and I find that teams using agile methodologies are much more effective than teams that don't.  So far as I can tell, there are two basic problems with attempts at Scrum implementations:
* In an agile workplace, you are course-correcting which work you are doing every day based on feedback from stakeholders.  This helps to minimize wasted work and improves communication.  However, what often happens is that a project manager cargo-cults Scrum, imitating the forms, but without getting that daily course-correction into place.  You end up with what amounts to cleverly disguised waterfall. * Scrum is not appropriate for every team.  Full Scrum is somewhat heavyweight, so if a lighter weight methodology such as Kanban is sufficient to your needs, you should be using that.

Posted by: three-humped camel at Tuesday, December 06 2022 07:12 AM (tZjYc)

5 On April 14th, 1865 Abraham Lincoln wrote a diary entry calling Scrum a cargo cult masquerading as a drunken orgy of self-fellatio, and the next day he had to go to a play with his wife.  I'm sure there's a lesson here for us all.

Posted by: normal at Tuesday, December 06 2022 10:46 AM (obo9H)

6 Where did Abe get the time to write about Scrum while he was hunting vampires?

Posted by: cxt217 at Tuesday, December 06 2022 11:51 AM (2tHvf)

7 Coding management schemes are a subset of management theories.

And management is a very screwy area of theory. 

Human behavior is not simple.

Management theory sometimes has reasonable answers, and is sometimes a bunch of cults. 

I once did a presentation on how an engineering scheme with a narrow range of legitimate applications can spread and become dumbed down into a management cult.  Engineering jargon can be extremely opaque outside of the speciality, plus 'is the deer in your head the same as a the deer in my head'?

These 'methodologies', are in theory how the programmers who actually do the work are doing the work.  Good or bad ways of doing the work don't matter if the strategic direction provided by senior management is utterly broken.  I'm not sure that the management bureaucracies in any industry are doing a competent job of directing any sort of tech development process.

Sooner or later you come to specific problems that you can't train hires to deal with according to a formula.  Some problems are trainable, and the training is simply almost always badly done.  Some problems you need specific people for, and even they they may get it wrong. 

Posted by: Pat Buckman at Wednesday, December 07 2022 02:29 AM (r9O5h)

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